In recent days, we have had the opportunity to speak with many of you to communicate all of the relevant information regarding COVID-19’s impacts on the Québec marine industry.
We are aware that your priority is to maintain your activities effectively, while ensuring the safety of your employees and the local population.
We would remind you that we are involved in various teleconferences that group together government stakeholders. Should you have questions, concerns or something you do not understand about the measures issued, please feel free to contact us so that we can represent you vis-à-vis the authorities in question.
In the current situation, we have a collective duty to participate in protecting the Québec public. This special context also highlights our industry’s vital role for the economy. Consequently, it is more important than ever that we all collaborate to ensure that the essential logistics chain functions optimally.
Consequently, our team has mobilized around the following actions:
- Monitoring economic impacts;
- Ensuring constant contact with the members to adequately meet their needs and respond to their concerns during this exceptional situation;
- Identifying, and recommending to governments, financial and economic measures to support marine industry companies and employees;
- Preparing a communications and marketing actions plan in order to be ready when activities start up again so as to promote the Québec marine industry and heighten its visibility.
You should also know that, as soon as the crisis is over, targeted communications and marketing actions will be implemented to highlight the strategic role our industry played in supplying essential goods and products to Québec and all of Canada in the context of this exceptional situation.
- Finally, as of tomorrow, we will set up a detailed maritime sector media watch that you will receive every day around 7:30 a.m.
Not surprisingly, we have been receiving a great many media requests regarding all kinds of questions. Given that there are already numerous communications involving our members and that the messages circulating have not always been completely aligned to date, SODES prefers to restrict its media input by analyzing media requests relevantly and responding only to journalists’ requests that do not threaten to fuel confusion. In this spirit, please feel free to contact us for our position or understanding of an issue, if the media get in touch with you. We would be happy to accompany you to ensure coherent messages for our industry as a whole, as far as possible.
For comments or information of any sort, please do not hesitate to contact us.
St. Lawrence Economic Development Council (SODES)